Sunday, 21 April 2013

Cooking Club do Curry!

By a fortuitous turn of events, it appears that I have had an awful lot of curry recently... so I was delighted when it was suggested that we make some today for cooking club! I got this recipe from the truly wonderful Best Ever Indian Cookbook which really does live up to it's name - it has step by step instructions and plenty of photos so you can't go wrong! It also has over 300 recipes and some handy little tips - eg. whisk yoghurt before you put it into a hot dish so that it won't curdle. That came in handy for this recipe.

Balti Potatoes with Aubergines
serves 4

10 -12 baby potatoes
6 small aubergines, or 2 medium sized ones, cubed
1 red pepper, sliced
1 tbsp oil
2 medium onions, sliced
4 - 6 curry leaves
1/2 tsp onion seeds
1 tsp crushed coriander seeds
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp grated fresh ginger
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp crushed dried red chillies
1 tsp chopped fresh fenugreek leaves
1 tsp chopped fresh coriander
1 tbsp natural yoghurt

- Boil the potatoes for a few minutes until they are just starting to get soft.
- Heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pan or a wok and fry the onions, curry leaves, onion seeds, coriander seeds and cumin seeds until the onions are a soft, golden brown, stirring constantly.
- Add ginger, garlic, chillies and fenugreek, followed by the vegetables. Stir, and cover the pan with a lid. Lower the heat and cook for 5 - 7 minutes.
- Add the fresh coriander and the yoghurt and stir well. Serve with fresh coriander as a garnish.

Potato and Aubergine Curry. Yum.

This was really yummy! We served it with rice and naan and it was good - I have to say that if I do this again, I would probably add a bit more spice, but that's just me. As usual, we had a round of a board game afterwards - today's pick was the London Board Game which is based on the Tube lines in London. You have five places that you have to reach and you have to get all five and back to your starting station but every time you change line you have to pick up a hazard card which can seriously disrupt your journey. It was really fun and a great way of getting to know all the stations and some little historical bits and pieces about London. And, for once, I won! Fun times! 

We finished off the afternoon by watching Howl's Moving Castle which was really great because I've read the book loads and never watched the film. I loved it! It's a little different from the book, but it is equally as wonderful and well worth a watch if you like something a little bit quirky and animated.

All in all, a really lovely Sunday afternoon.

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